Heaton Stannington Versus Hebburn Town
Saturday 27th January 2018
Hebburn Town made the short journey, on Saturday, across Newcastle to Grounsell Park to face Heaton Stannington in a game, critical to both sides as they battle for one of the three promotion spots into the Northern League First Division.
Heaton Stannington, lying in 5th position, had not been beaten at home in the current campaign and had only lost three games all season. Hebburn Town came into the game in 6th position on the back of an unbeaten run in January. Very much-all to play for.
The teams took to the pitch in front of almost 200 supporters, and in very blustery conditions. There was little to choose between the two teams during the first 15 minutes, although the wind was having an impact. The first incident of note came from a corner which was whipped in by Stan striker Jonathan Wright, which flew across the six yard box, evading everyone including keeper Hubery to strike the far post and be scrambled clear by the Hebburn defence.
Hebburn Town, perhaps enjoyed more of the next 10 minutes, with the strong wind at their backs without really threatening the Stan goal; however, a long ball from the Stan defence was misjudged by Scott Wallace, and the ball was latched on to by Wright who coolly slipped the ball past Hubery to give the home team a surprise 1-0 advantage.
An almost identical situation cropped up five minutes later, with this time Hebburn defender Rhys Williams allowing the ball to squirm away from him for Wright to repeat his first effort and doubling the score. At this stage facing a stiff wind Wright had touched the ball on three occasions, and struck the post and scored twice. Hebburn were now facing an uphill battle.
After 35 minutes a moment of class from Hebburn midfielder John Sherlock would have a massive impact on the outcome of the match. From fully 30 yards Sherlock curled a shot into the top corner of the net, leaving Mathew Smith in the Stan goal helpless to register the Hornets first goal.
This gave the whole Hebburn team lift and for the remainder of the half they were a different team. After 40 minutes play, Gary Shaw latched on to a great through ball from Ross Toward and stretched to slip it past Mathew Smith for the equaliser. A number of corners and crosses were giving the home defence problems and when they failed to clear a cross from Gary Shaw, Callum Smith drove the third goal past Smith in the home goal to give the Hornets a deserved 3-2 advantage as the whistle blew for half time. A tremendous change of fortunes.
With the wind now behind the Stan, Hebburn might have expected to be put under pressure in the second half, but they counteracted this with an early goal from Craig Malley, after 8 minutes. Peter Jones, drove down the left flank and his excellent pin-point cross was met at the far post by Malley and his strong header gave the keeper no chance.
Hebburn were now firmly in control and extended their lead on the hour mark, when Gary Shaw’s persistence won the ball and his pass to Dan Robinson, was cleverly controlled by the Hornet’s striker and lashed it into the top right hand corner for his first goal since joining Hebburn Town from Heaton Stannington at the back end of last year.
5-2 and game over, and although Hebburn keeper Steve Hubery pulled off a couple of saves as he game entered the final stages, Hebburn Town were never in danger of losing this critical battle.
A tremendous team performance from back to front, and a great recovery from a early 2-0 deficit. Hebburn leapfrogged over Heaton Stannington an now lie in fourth place going into their next game at home to Brandon next Saturday.
|1. Hubery Steven Michael|
|2. Craig Mally||Goal|
|3. Scott Wallace|
|5. Rhys John David Williams|
|6. Jack Donaghy|
|7. Callum Smith||Goal|
|12. Gary Shaw||Goal|
|45. Peter Jones|
|50. Ross Toward|
|53. John Sherlock||Goal|
|54. Daniel Robinson||Goal|
|8. Mechack Bolenge Kaanda||Sub12|
|9. Paul John Chow|
|10. Channon North||Sub54|
|17. Samuel Stuart Bramley|
|18. Christopher Douglas||Sub2|